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Small but mighty

Specialty retailers tap into consumers’ need for attention as ‘exodus from department stores’ continues

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Big box goes downtown

Category killers like Home Depot and Costco have conquered suburbia
- but can they hack it in the big city?

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Digitizing the experience

74% of Canadians treasure the social aspect of shopping – so e-tailers are integrating with the real thing

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Home for the holidays

This Christmas will see a 5% growth in retail spend – and a focus on unique gifts for the home will try to make the most of it

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How would you turn around Sears?

Times have been tough for Sears Canada. The numbers tell the story: Over the last year, same-store sales decreases at Sears ranged from 4.9% in the fourth quarter of 2002, to a dismal 14.1% in the first quarter of 2003. Meanwhile, total revenues for Q2 2003 were $1.468 billion versus $1.593 billion in the same quarter last year, down by 7.8%. But Sears is doing its share of damage control by introducing new brands, which are supported by advertising, and adopting a cleaner look.

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Dixie: cheap is out, value is in

Dixie Outlet Mall isn’t all about bins of cheap clothing. That’s why a new $400,000 marketing campaign for the Mississauga, Ont.-based venue will emphasize that it carries popular brands for value prices.

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Hot Property

Emerging trends for reaching youth

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What’s in store across the border?

Agency, clients charter a bus to Buffalo to check out the U.S. retail scene

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Shopaholics unite

Campaign spurs excitement for expanded Calgary mall

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Why minimalism works

Retail design is more important than ever – and with minimalism, one size fits all

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Private paradise

Private clothing labels are gaining in popularity, and retail outlets are making sure the brand benefits

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Blurring the boundaries

Will retail expansion confuse consumers? Analysts don’t think so

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Oddities: A global retail update

California’s Quiksilver has upped the ante for signage in New York’s Times Square

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Flyer measurement is back on track

Three years into the process and one break-up later, the Toronto-based Flyer Distribution Standards Association is back in the boardroom and advertisers and distributors seem finally to be getting along

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Farmer Jack meets Mr. Whiskers

What’s the ultimate testament to the tenderness of a grocer’s beef? How about a gaggle of seniors – minus their dentures – gumming down meat in the back room. This is the wacky premise of one of the spots in a new TV campaign for U.S.-based Farmer Jack by Vancouver shop Rethink.